Magazine March 2018

Parish Magazine ~ March 2018

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles30 The Ridgeway,

Dear Friends,

This year we began Lent on St Valentine’s Day, and will end it on April Fools’ Day, and we have not had a year like this since 1945! It means we began the season with a secular focus on love and will end it on foolishness. Both of these lie at the heart of our faith and mission in Jesus Christ. We do not need a Patron Saint of love, because we have a God of love, and as we reach Easter, the festival which epitomises the chocolatisation of Christianity nowadays, we remember the words of St Paul: “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Ash Wednesday next falls on St Valentine’s Day in 2024, and again in 2029. What will our church and parish look and feel like then? Some people talk of a ‘2020 vision’, when looking to the future, whereas we might think of a Love and Foolishness vision beyond that! We don’t so much have specific targets (organ restoration notwithstanding), but a vision to ensure that that love we share and witness to in Christ is not seen as foolishness, but as a strong, real, liberating force in our community. And we do that from our hilltop location, illuminating the night sky with the rays of faith, hope and love that have been ours since Georgiana Twells gave us our building in 1883. So our vision for 2024 and 2029 is to remain at the heart of our community, serving especially those in need, with pastoral care, charity, companionship, understanding and welcome.

In a society where folk are increasingly less committed to organisations and clubs, it is still worth remembering that 50% more people attend church regularly than hold season tickets to Premier League football clubs, and after shopping and watching TV, churchgoing is Britain’s most prevalent activity. Do not be swayed by what you read in the biased and misinformed press. Nevertheless, one of the ways you can help and support your local parish church, is simply by turning up on Sunday mornings (or evenings!). There are not so much fewer folk going to church these days, but folk are coming less frequently. So, we would love to see more of you more often! The Church family in our corner of Enfield continues to gather around the communion table, hears scripture read and taught, and shares fellowship with others, and lest you might think it the case, we are not dwindling in numbers.

So, whatever you have given up for Lent, take up coming to Church a bit more often!

Every blessing,

Gordon

From the Parish Registers

Baptism
4 February 2018
Liam Marcus Tranter

Interment of Ashes in the Memorial Garden
4 February 2018
The Reverend Barry Wyndham Oakley

If anyone is celebrating a birthday or anniversary and wishes to take up the elements please inform the churchwardens.

For a PDF file of the Parish Magazine for this month please click here.

Regular Weekly Events

Sunday8:00 amHoly Communion
10:00 amEucharist (Second Sunday in month Family Service)
6:30 pmEvensong (or other ‘special’ service)
Please see the Google calendar for any further information regarding Sunday Services
Monday10:00 amMattins (BCP)
6:00 pmHome group
Tuesday7:45-9:00 pmBell Ringing Practice
Wednesday8:30 pmDrama Group
Thursday10:30 amHoly Communion (BCP)
7:30 pmChoir Practice

This Year’s Lent book and Course

God has an agenda for cities. Steve Brady is convinced of it. The Bible is full of significant cities and the biblical story is full of imagery of cities-culminating in God’s ‘holy city’, birthed in and through his people. Towards Jerusalem is a unique Lent book, a call to live for a vision bigger than ourselves, marching to a different drumbeat towards ‘Zion’, God’s New Jerusalem and all that this means in transformative terms for today’s Christian believer.

Copies of the book are now available at the back of church. Please put monies in the slot in the wall or give to the Vicar. We have used the BRF series for many years now, and next year’s one will actually be by our Vicar!

Discussion Group sessions will be at the Vicarage at 8.15pm from 19th February -19th March inclusive. The book is also available for purchase on the Kindle Store.

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Festive Fair

An enormous. belated. THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard to make the Festive Fair such a success in December. The huge investment of time, effort and enthusiasm from the small band of stall holders created a wonderful atmosphere of fun and fellowship. Thank you also to those who came and supported us over the weekend. Together we managed to raise a fantastic

£943

Thank you for your generosity

Alison Reeve

Bach by Candlelight ~ March 11 and 25

Our good friend and professional ‘cellist, Nigel Blomiley will perform J.S. Bach’s 6 ‘Cello Suites in Church, after evensong on Sundays 4th and 11th March. These works are beautiful, profound and spiritually deep, and this will be a rare treat indeed. There will be a brief gap between Evensong and the ‘concerts’, but they may be seen as one.

Christian Aid Logo

Christian Aid Week 2018 – 13th-19th May

Why get involved with Christian Aid?

Christian Aid Week is the single biggest act of Christian witness in Britain and Ireland. For thousands of people throughout the country it is a way of answering Jesus’s call to help people in need and showing the community just how much good the church is doing in the world.

If you are not a collector yet, maybe this is the year to become one. Maybe you feel you could just deliver envelopes but not collect. Maybe you feel you could not cover complete roads but just a few houses near where you live. Any additional collecting to what is already done could make a big difference.

If you have any concerns or queries or want to talk about how you can help do ask me. Thank you,

Alison Reeve

News About Coffee Mornings

The next coffee morning in aid of the organ fund will be hosted by Jackie at 52 Waverley Road from 10.45a.m. on Tuesday 20th March

Jackie is looking forward to seeing lots of you there.

Rita Barker

20th February ~ Eleanor Pritchard

20th March ~ Jackie Fish

17th April ~ Gill and David Bird

15th May ~ June Carr

19th June ~ Laura and Ken Cope

17th July ~ Kate and Bob Bissett

21st August ~ Betty Buck

18th September ~ Bernard Quinn

16th October ~ Gordon Giles

20th November ~ Maureen and Keith Rew

18th December ~ Rita Barker

all above dates are the third Tuesday in the month and commence at 10:45 am.

Rita Barker

Fellowship

Our Oak Hill student Ross gave our January presentation. He treated us with a whistle stop tour through the Bible and what God has to say about clothing. We were challenged to think of a time when we arrived wearing inappropriate dress to an event. As Christians when we come face to face with God will we be dressed in Christ?

March 21st
we welcome our friend David Nash to give us a presentation “Lord, I believe; but help my unbelief”. Poems about believing in God in difficult times. We shall be enjoying some audience participation.

April 18th
We will be treated to a talk from a local Bee Keeper.

May 16th
Jessica Giles will be sharing her work in the field of ‘Religious Freedom’ and how we might support her.

June 20th
Jackie Fish will be with us.

July 18th
A bring and Share Picnic lunch in the Church Garden.

We don’t meet in August.

September 19th
Still TBA (hopefully Catherine).

October 17th
Songs of Praise.

November 21st
TBA.

December 19th
We will be celebrating with our usual Christmas Lunch at a venue to be confirmed.

Kind regards to all from Mo

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News from the Home Group

The BBC produces some enjoyable, interesting and thought provoking religious themed observational documentaries such as, “An Island Parish”. Having aired it’s seventy seventh episode of twelve series, the first in 2007, focusing on the smallest of the main Channel Islands, Sark. It’s most recent on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. Last October’s, “Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery”, searching for inner peace, “Canterbury Cathedral”, Britain's oldest cathedral, just to mention a few and its latest “A Vicar’s Life”!

We’ve been avidly following this engaging six-parter. Charting the events, highs and lows of day-to-day life for four country vicars. From Whitsun to Christmas, within the Diocese of Hereford. One of the oldest, created in 676 A.D. and most rural dioceses within the Church of England. From Herefordshire and south Shropshire, with some parishes in Worcestershire in the West Midlands, to Powys and Monmouthshire in Wales. A total of 409 churches, serving a population of over 320,000. The worshipping community being made up of 12,800 people, nearly 8,000 of whom attend a service regularly each Sunday, with over 40% of these aged over seventy years.

The series, many varied and wide-ranging themes and topics, promoting and providing us with stepping stones for further discussion. Beginning with the visible and concerning reduction in recent times of church weddings. According to U.K. wedding statistics 40,000 are conducted annually by the C of E, equating to a fifth or 20% of the national total. Further research revealed that since the 1994 Marriage Act, which not only allowed couples to marry outside of their residential district but also permitted a wide variety of local authority, “Approved Premises” for the use of civil marriages. Including locations such as hotels, country houses or manor houses, barns, sports and leisure centres, gardens, zoos, railway stations and other iconic buildings. Their popularity rapidly rose to be one of the fastest changes seen over the last 170 years! A mere 5% of couples choose their local register office. Another 5% go abroad, some saying “I do” on an exotic beach and 3% in a castle!

An internet search to locate all four vicars on social media found the Revd Matthew Stafford to be on Facebook, the Revd Ruth Hulse on Twitter, the Revd Nicholas Lowton on Twitter and Father Matthew Cashmore also on Twitter. This search uncovered a curious news item on the Reverend Nicholas Lowton. Who, because of January’s snowy conditions, held a Sunday Holy Communion church service in his home! Speaking about it to Premier Radio, he explained that part of the village goes up to a mountain of 2000 feet. “Craswell Church was pretty inaccessible as the roads were terrible, even when conditions were clear and dry. Craswell was very, very snowy. I mean on one level it's delightful if you don't have to go anywhere, which you can't really. My parish covers fifty square miles of anything other than A and B roads and they are pretty impossible”. Describing the service, he said “We met around my dining table. They all felt it was a really, really lovely occasion and they’d quite like to do it again.” Asked whether he’d be doing it again? He replied, “Sometimes early morning communions are held in people’s houses with breakfast after”.

The Home Group will pause to support, our Vicar, Gordon’s five week lent course, meetings will resume on Monday April 9th.

God bless. Love

Laura, Ken and Dawn Cope

North Enfield Food Bank

Week by week we make regular donations to the food bank and obviously their requirements change with the passage of time. Below please find details of their latest needs:-

Urgently Needed Items:

Tinned tomatoes, tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, tinned meat soup, tinned spaghetti/spaghetti hoops, instant mash, instant noodles/noodles, savoury snacks – crisps/popcorn/crackers, chocolate/snack bars, biscuits, tinned puddings, rice pudding, custard, shampoo/conditioner, shower gel, toilet roll, washing powder.

We’ve got plenty of:

Beans, pasta, cereal beans/pulses (kidney, black-eyed peas and lentils) tea and sugar.

Michael Dixon

North West Group News

The Group joined with the Town LEP for a joint act of worship on Sunday 21 January 2018. We were greeted by their band and singing from their choir. The service was at the Salvation Army Citadel in Churchbury Lane to mark the week of prayer for Christian Unity and had a mainly Caribbean theme.

Michael Dixon


Please Note: Parish Barbecue

The date of the Summer Parish Barbecue may need to be changed from the published one. The final date will be confirmed shortly

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Magazine

Items for the March 2018 edition to the editor by Sunday 11 February, please. Documents should be in Microsoft Word or plain text. Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-holes or you can email:

secretary@stmarymagdalene.church

If you know of any lady or gentleman who would be able to help with stapling or if you are unable to keep the above dates please contact either Michael or Janet Dixon or Janet Whelpdale.

Stapling Rota 2018

31 March 2018
Peter & Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

28 April 2018
Ju (Yezi) Lan Zhen, Val Hayes Shivane Woodger

26 May 2018
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

30 June 2018
Ju (Yezi) Len Zhen, Val Hayes, Shivane Woodger

28 July 2018
Ken & Laura Cope, Gill Bird

25 August 2018
Peter & Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

29 September 2018
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

27 October 2018
Ju (Yezi) Len Zhen, Val Hayes, Shivane Woodger

(10.00 am Saturday Morning in the Church or earlier as arranged)

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